Governor Newsom Releases May Revise of 2022-23 State Budget
On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled the “May Revise” of the Administration’s proposed 2022-23 State Budget. CCA staff is currently reviewing the May Revise, and will provide relevant highlights of the budget proposal – as well as context regarding CCA’s budget advocacy – in next week’s edition of Legislative Bulletin. To view the May Revise, click here.
California Cattle Council Seeking Requests for Proposals
The California Cattle Council is launching an effort to allocate funds to local agricultural associations, producers, researchers or other interested individuals to conduct work that fulfills the priorities of cattle producers at a local or county level. The Council is using this opportunity to offer partnerships to fund local initiatives and priorities as a trial with the hope to build this program out further in the future.
For this year, grants will be limited to $10,000 per project. Please click here to visit the Council’s website for a copy of the Request for Proposal (RFP) that includes all the information a person will need to apply for funding. Proposals are due on June 17, 2022. Please share the RFP with any organizations, qualified individuals, or researchers that could utilize these funds to advance a local project or address a challenge. When reviewing projects for funding, the Council will pay close attention to ensure the proposals meet the requirements outlined in the RFP and are not duplicative of existing projects or initiatives.
To learn more about the grants and the Council’s commitment to maximizing Council dollars through funding projects with partnerships click here to read an update from Justin Oldfield, the Council’s executive director. Click here to subscribe to monthly updates from the Council.
SWRCB Issues Weekly Curtailment Updates
Last week, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) updated the status of water rights curtailments in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed, announcing that as of last Wednesday, May 11, all “Post-1914 appropriative water rights in the San Joaquin River watershed outside of the Legal Delta with a priority date of 1957 or later” are curtailed.
For more information and to check the status of your water right, visit the Delta Drought Webpage. Questions can also be addressed to the SWRCB via email to Bay-Delta@waterboards.ca.gov.
For any questions about curtailment notices or how to comply, ranchers may also contact the Ranchers Technical Assistance Program at (916) 409-6902 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
USDA Designates All California Counties Primary Natural Disaster Areas Due to Drought
Late last month, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack designated all 58 counties within the state as primary natural disaster areas due to drought. The designation allows USDA’s Farm Service Agency “to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans.” Ranchers must apply for such emergency loans by the application deadline of December 8. For more information, see last week’s edition of Legislative Bulletin.
CNRA Releases Final Pathways to 30×30 Report
The California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) has released its Final Pathways to 30×30 Report. California’s “30×30 initiative” aims to conserve 30% of the state’s lands and coastal waters by 2030. According to the report, CNRA currently deems approximately 24% of the state as “conserved,” with the state aiming to “durably protect” an additional 6% of state lands over the next eight years. For more information on 30×30 and CCA’s work on the issue, see the May 2 edition of Legislative Bulletin and keep an eye out for the May edition of CCA’s Hot Irons newsletter.